Bettie Page Lingerie Retro Futuristic Bra

As soon as I saw the reveal pictures for Bettie Page Lingerie last year, I knew I would be needing some of their sets! They seemed to really encapsulate the feeling of Bettie Page whilst still doing unique and afforable products.

Today I’m reviewing the Retro Futuristic Bra, a softcup wireless bra with an extreme point! I’m wearing this with the Black French Knickers which I will detail in another review.

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I love how striking this design is, and I am a sucker for an extreme shape. I find it very interesting and unique! Bettie Page Lingerie is a line made by Playful Promises, a well known UK lingerie brand which make some gorgeous retro inspired pieces. Playful Promises have always had really exciting designs and have always carved out their own style so the Bettie Page name truely rests in the hands of those who know what they are doing. They are also a brand that manufactures ethically in China, if you are interested in reading more the founder Emma Parker wrote an article about in on The Lingerie Addict which is worth a read.

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This bra is sized from S/UK8 – XL/UK14. This is a very rough size guide and there are no details on the product or size chart pages about cup fit other than bust measurements. I went with the size L/UK12 as my bust measurement is around 38 inches which is the size chart measurement. The cups fit me well and I think this size is a great cup fit for me as a 32E. Because the bra will hold it’s shape people with smaller busts can wear it without worrying about needing to fill it out. I would say larger cup sizes are the ones it may not work too well for.

Generally soft cup bras are made to fit B/C cups, so I ordered the L back on the assumption it was an approximate size of 36C which sister sizes to a 32DD. I am currently a 32E so it felt like a close enough size. The back fits fairly well. I’ve worn it quite a lot and haven’t felt desperate to take in the back, though I can pull it quite far away from my body, so it is something I should do.

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The straps are a really good length, I tend to need mine shorter because I have smaller shoulders and there is still room to reduce them! As you can see they also have a lot to extend out which means making them fit a variety of shapes is easy. I also adore the front strap ‘V’, not only does it aid in the support but it’s a great little detail adding to the style.

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And what a gorgeous bullet shape! I love bras with an extreme point such as this and the What Katie Did Padded Bullet Bra which I have previously reviewed. This has quite spaced and interpretive spiral stitching, that coupled with the strapping detail really gives it a futuristic look. I can totally see this on a 1960’s space babe! This reminds me so much of classic sci-fi films which I love, could you imagine this in silver?!

As you can see on me the cups are slightly mishapen, this is because the bra fits me really well rather than standing off my chest, so the weight of my breasts has made the bottom of the cups a little more rounded. This is something I do not mind and I do not see as a quality issue. This bra still has an extreme shape, and if anything I like that it conforms to my own shape as well!

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I always love a website that includes NZD as a conversion! This bra was $46NZD which is tremendous value for such a great piece! This may not be a bra lending itself to starting to try vintage inspired lingerie, but for those debating going for a more extreme look this is a really affordable way to test the waters. I adore this bra and love it as a comfortable yet striking daily wear bra.

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Value Heaven – Ebay Longline Bra

Hi everyone,

I know longline bras are one of the pinup staples but it can be difficult to make an investment in something you aren’t sure will fit or flatter you. So I tried a cheap longline bra I bought from Ebay to see if it’s worth it! I puchased it from the store Value Heaven and I obviously bought black, but it is also available in white. Continue reading

Triumph Endless Comfort Wire-Free Bra Review

Hi all,

Welcome to another vintage style bra review. Today I am reviewing the Endless Comfort Wire-Free bra by Triumph. I have previously reviewed and adored their Poesie bra so I definitely had high hopes for this.

I bought this bra as I was desperately searching for a wire-free bra is my local stores -read: Farmers and Bendon. I have recently gone up a cup size and grown to despise wired bras so I just really wanted a new bra that fit my criteria. Continue reading

Liz Suspender Knickers – What Katie Did Lingerie Review Pt. 2

Hi everyone and welcome back to part 2 of my What Kate Did review! If you missed out on Pt.1  you can catch up here.

Today I will be talking about the Liz Suspender Knickers, a piece from their Liz collection which focuses on soft-cup bras and comfortable pieces. I had thought about purchasing this set for a long time before now. Generally at least one colourway pops up in their larger sales and I’m always tempted. I did purchase the bra but returned it for fit issues. Continue reading

Triumph Poesie Lingerie Review

Hi all,

Time for another lingerie review! I was in Farmers the other day trying to find some new lingerie (I haven’t purchased any for several months). I was mainly looking in the clearance section to see if there was any Dita Von Teese I might have missed. I suddenly thought ‘I should try something new and different’. So I scuttled my way to the other end of the lingerie department to the Triumph section, full of beige and white (not my thing) Granny style underwear (very much my thing).

After a little while of browsing I settled on buying the Triumph Poesie Support Bra in Beige and the matching Triumph Cotton and Lace Full Brief in Beige. I was drawn to these as I could see the bra had a pointed cup shape, rather than the modern rounded shape, and do I really need to explain the high-waisted briefs?

*If you see some lines from my clothing it’s because I took these pictures after a full work day.

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This bra starts at a 12B and goes up to a 24DD. There are no A cups and only go up to a maximum of DD in back sizes. I am usually a 10D sand I ended up purchasing it in a size 14B and taking in the wings as there was no 12C available at the time.

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I find the cups fit really well for me. They are made with a non stretch lace with a sheer non-stretch lining so they do not lose or change shape. At the bottom of each cup there is also a soft – almost felt piece which helps to lift and support each breast. The cups are also separate and have a non-stretch frame that they sit in.

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If it looks at all scratchy – it isn’t. I’m actually finding this bra my most comfortable at the moment, as I’m really noticing the wires in my regulars. This bra is seriously comfortable, I’ve had no digging in of anything and the lack of wires means I can sit in odd positions and still be comfy.

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I actually took the sides in really lazily, I just did a row of black stitching and left the excess fabric in. At some point I may re-do it properly by moving the elastics round so there’s no break. You can also see the gorgeous cup shape in these pictures!

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As you can see taking in the sides has meant the straps are very close to the underarms. I don’t notice it too badly, but if you need to have a bra taken in it’s best to be only 1 sister size away. The straps are also attached closer to the center on the front than regular bras which stops them slipping off my shoulders.

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I think this bra is nice and looks really sweet. It has a very true vintage look which I adore! The colour is described as ‘beige’ but I think it’s actually better described as a very pale peach. It has quite pink undertones and isn’t as harsh as I find a lot of beige to be.

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Also I am obsessed with the cup shape. This is my IDEAL shape. I find the rounded shape to be really boring and this makes my vintage clothes fit better. It’s also not super pointed, I think it’s very natural and subtle under regular clothing.

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The briefs look really long in person, but when I tried them on I found they actually did not reach my natural waist! It was a total surprise! I’m still happy with them though, the non lace parts are 100% cotton which makes them suuuper comfy. Also it’s summer at the moment here and I’ve found them great for combating the heat.

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Here’s a silly picture of my showing off the points!

The bra costs $54.95 and the brief $15.95, so I think this is a great way to try out vintage style lingerie for a cheaper price. I wish this was available in black but unfortunately only few of Triumph’s styles come in it. I find this bra to be super comfortable and the briefs are too. Ideally you would buy your regular size but as they don’t do larger cups or smaller backs you may have to go for a sister size.

Hope you enjoyed this post! I know I enjoy the lingerie!

Current Lingerie Lusts

On Sunday morning I woke up and stared at my bra rack deciding which one I wanted to wear. Then it hit me that I really didn’t want to wear any of them! My What Katie Did cathedral bras were drying from a wash and I was partway through repairing the lace on my Parisienne Longline bra.

I am a huge lingerie lover and I didn’t know what to think when suddenly I didn’t like any of the gorgeousness surrounding me. The bras I have in my current size have all been bought in the last 2 years, and although that doesn’t seem like a long time my daily style is different to how I dressed then. 2 years ago I was also only 17 and still in high-school so it’s no wonder! I used to swing between goth and vintage styles daily but these days I am dressed vintage styled 99% of the time (but that doesn’t stop most of my wardrobe still being black). Now that I dress differently I am more interested in bullet bras and nylons than push up bras and pantyhose.

So today I am sharing with you my current lingerie lusts, the things I desire to be on my body under my clothes right this second. They are mostly vintage inspired pieces but some are just stunning things I cannot resist.

If you are a size 32D/10D then follow me on social media, as I think I’m going to be having a little bra clearout to declutter and make way for new pieces.

‘Glorified Girl’ Longline Bra by Dita Von Teese from Barenecessities

I have previously talked about my love for the ‘Glorified Girl’ range by Dita Von Teese in a previous blog post. I so far have the Strapless Plunge Bra, the Suspender Belt and the Bikini Brief. I would like to collect the Full Brief and Longline Bra so I can have a set with more coverage, and also Longline bras are the best. I hate all my old low rise underwear and I just feel that all briefs should be high rise!

‘Madame X’ Underwired Bra and High-Rise Brief by Dita Von Teese from Nordstrom

I’ve had the Madame X black Underwired Bra (now too small for me) and Bikini Briefs as well as the white Non-Wired Bra and High Rise Briefs. My white set is by far my favorite and Madame X is definitely not a style to be overlooked. I bought my bra in a 32C but because of the soft cups the sizing is flexible, and because the briefs are adjustable at the waist it means you can still have a good fit if you are a curvy lady. I really need to get the pieces in all colourways – so far there have been 6 so I have a lot of catching up to do! It’s nice to have a comfy set of lingerie which is also edgy and makes you look amazing.

Gwendoline Merry Widow and Panty Girdle by What Katie Did

Next up is this breathtaking set by What Katie Did. The Merry Widow is actually a vintage reproduction from an original garment but updated to use modern materials. I really like all of the Gwendoline pieces and would probably purchase the Bra, Merry Widow and Panty Girdle to mix and match. I would also buy extra detachable suspender straps so that I could add more loops to the pieces and have more suspension.

Kate Longline Cone Bra by What Katie Did

I’m really into longline bras at the moment as they are so comfortable and mean you don’t get any lumps which tend to happen if you wear stretchy tops and are a little squishy. This Kate Longline Cone Bra seems like a great everyday basic which I could with any of my black underwear. Also having front hooks and eyes would make it so much easier to put on. It also has nice soft points so you’re not likely to put an eye out with it.

Carole French Knickers and Cone Bra by What Katie Did

Yet more What Katie Did (but can you have enough?)! This time it’s the Carole set which I think looks gorgeously dark and comfortable. We are entering the warmer months at the moment and I could definitely see myself lounging on the couch wearing only this in the height of summer. The Cone Bra would be a nice silhouette to have in my arsenal and French Knickers are so exciting to wear. I’d probably have to ask them about sizing for them though due to the large difference between my waist and hips.

The Ultimate Pinup Girl Bra and Briefs by My Retro Closet

I own the Pinup set of lingerie which My Retro Closet released a while ago and have been meaning to add this updated set to my collection. The contrasting red satin gives a delightful pop of colour and the circle stitching is a great detail. This set looks so comfortable I could quite happily lounge in this on a fur rug, but I could also see myself wearing this under floaty chiffon blouses. It’s nice to see a vintage inspired piece which is so easy to wear and fits in well with a modern lifestyle.

Carnival Front Closure Longline Bra 745

I haven’t actually seen any vintage ladies talk about Carnival Bras so I’m definitely interested in trying this one out. Yet another front closure longline one. I like the lace  and paneling detailing of this bra. Although I’m a sucker for black, I love the look of the Champagne coloured one too. There’s a great close up photo on HerRoom of this bra and I really like how traditional it looks. It also seems to give the model a nice subtle pointed shape. This brand has been around since 1947

Retrolution Corset and Thong by Gossard

I already have the Retrolution Plunge Bra and Waist Cincher but recently I saw a picture on instagram of the swoon-worthly Lady Bellentina trying on the Retrolution Corset and now I am desperate to acquire it. Although I tend to be a bit corset-snobby I do love how the busk works on this piece, and it’s interesting to see on a softer garment. I think this would be a great piece to ease people into both corsets and longline bras. It has the busk fastening at the front as well as hook and eyes at the back. If you didn’t like one of these you could probably take it to someone to get altered, or do it yourself if you’re a dab hand at sewing.

SYL Bralette and SIRAN Briefs by Paranoire

This lingerie set was actually just listed today but I knew I had to add it to the list. I already have other pieces by Paranoire and they fit superbly. This is another set which would be great for lounging and also for living in. I would love to see a boudoir shoot with this (perhaps I will have to arrange one). Also that solid silk and swiss dot contrast, that is a winning combo!

Bond Zip Bra and Knicker by Kiss Kill Lingerie

Now we are moving onto the more modern pieces I desire, I discovered this one, thanks again, to Lady Bellentina. This set is also available in Black and Navy, but this Emerald colour is so gorgeous and different. I might need it in all colourways though. It would look great under the Emerald Green Dita Von Teese Cardigan by Wheels and Dollbaby worn with a large keyhole. I love the sleek strappy details and I think this would look incredible under a black lace top as well. Also excuse me zip front fastening you are far too exciting (pssst, the briefs have a zip up back 😮 )

Sayuri Bra, Suspender and Knickers by Karolina Laskowska

To finish off my list I have the Semi-Bespoke Sayuri set by Karolina Laskowska. You can bet if I ever come into a large sum of money somehow this is what I’ll be spending it on. The strappy detailing combined with the vintage kimono silk and sheer mesh is almost too much. I adore that you get to pick your fabric from a variety, it makes it that much more special and worth the price. The waist of the briefs is adjustable, again a huge plus for curvy ladies. There is actually so much which can be adjusted in this set! The Sayuri bra also features interesting sizing as the back has adjustable straps, allowing 6 inches of adjustability. This means a perfect band fit as you can adjust it to fit you which is great for people like me who float between band sizes. This design is so unique and eye catching that it’s hard not to feel like you need. But I feel like if I owned it I would simultaneously never wear it and wear it everyday without clothing.

So there’s the list of lingerie currently on my lust-list. A couple of years ago I just wanted all the lingerie I ever found attractive but now I’m leaning toward pieces that fit in better with my lifestyle. I also like being able to support ethical manufacturing. Katie of What Katie Did works closely with all the factories which manufacture their lingerie. My Retro Closet, Paranoire and Karolina Laskowska lingerie are handmade by the designer which is great to be able to support.

What Katie Did Cathedral Bras – Review

When the What Katie Did Summer Sale came round I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to purchase something. I’d tried them twice before, the first was a regular bra when I was 2 sizes smaller which I was pretty happy with, and the second was when I purchased a Marlene Bullet Bra. The latter really didn’t work for me, which was unfortunate as I really wanted that vintage bullet bra look. Anyway I decided to take a leap of faith and order the Valerie Cathedral Bra with matching briefs. Three days after that arrived I ordered the Eartha Bra, which is also in that Cathedral shape.

In case it was hard to tell I had fell madly in love with these bras and in particular their shape. They provide a great pointed shape as well as really good lift, they also separate the breasts for a very traditional look. I have taken comparison pictures which shows the bra fronts, 3/4 veiw, backs and cup detail shots.

Both bras are the same style, but they are made of different fabrics. The Valerie bra is made with a red non-stretch sheer nylon on the cup detail, and the rest of the cup and bra wings are made of a black stretch satin. The Eartha bra is made of a leopard print non-stretch nylon(which is stiffer than the Valerie), black non-stretch satin for the undercup, and powermesh wings. I did find that the Valerie bra is slightly softer and has a little more stretch, but both bras are very comfortable and I am more than happy to wear them all day.

The cups are made up of 2 parts, a top and a bottom, which are the backbone for creating that pointed shape. On either side there is a vertical strip of boning which combined with the elastic strap ‘V’ helps to lift and aid the shape. The bottom of the cups also have circle stitching on them which not only looks good, but assists the shape, and stops the cups from stretching out of shape. The straps are quite wide, very adjustable and really comfortable.

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There is also definitely a technique to putting these bras on, and I’ve taken photos to show the best way I’ve found to putting them on.

First I make sure the bra band is sitting well under my bust and the cups are in the right place.

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Next I lean forward and fasten up the back, which is what What Katie Did recommends.

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At this point my breasts really don’t fill the cups, as you can see there is a whole lot of space at the top.

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Next I grab my breast and pull up to the top of the cup while making sure the strap is tight.

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Next I finish off by wiggling the sides to get everything into position, and then I’m good to go!

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Now I thought I’d finish off by by showing how they look under clothing. I’ve seen a few people talk about how they were nervous the first time they wore a bullet shaped bra and I definitely agree it was a very different experience. But I can safely say I adore these bras, I wear them with (or without) anything. Also I find myself wearing these a lot more than my regular ones now.

As you can see it doesn’t work with super low cut tops because of how high up the cups come. But I think it would look very cool with an off the shoulder top.

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And here’s how the shape looks under a vintage reproduction cotton dress. I love how this makes the outfit look more authentic, and it definitely makes true vintage clothes fit a lot better too. Also under a regular stretchy t-shirt, I really like this, and I think it helps with keeping the vintage style of how I dress more apparent.

I bought both of my bras from the What Katie Did Summer Sale, unfortunately this is over now and both styles have been removed from the website. The Coco Cathedral Bra is still available for £43.50 from their site, and you can still buy others from various sites around the internet. You can bet I am going to buy the Cathedral bra in every past and future colourway! I can’t recommend these bras enough, they are comfortable and look great under vintage clothing – everything you could possibly want.